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Pipeline Crews Restricted To Night Shift

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ASHLAND, Ore. — The pipeline that currently connects Talent and Phoenix to Medford Water District, will soon have another piece with its final connection to Ashland.

Crews have been working on the pipeline from Talent to Ashland along Highway 99 for the last several months. Now that they have made it to South Valley View Road in Ashland, which is a much more populated and traffic heavy area, the Oregon Department of Transportation has put restrictions on when those crews can work.

ODOT officials say that the crews can only work in that area from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to keep traffic clear heading into Ashland.

Though the evening hours have advantages, like cooler temperatures, visibility tends to be one of the largest issues about the new shift.

“So you have┬áto light it up with extra powerful lighting and it’s just safer obviously during the day, you can see more. But every precaution is taken, believe me,” said Senior Project Manager for the City of Ashland, Morgan Wayman.